The blog I’ll be reviewing may be found here: John Harte Photo.
John Harte Photo is a self styled blog built using WordPress’s (I’m assuming) free WYSIWYG editor, titled: “You can’t have my job, but I’ll tell you a story”–even the page’s title is intriguing. The blog is about a photojournalist’s life in “one hell of a news town” and the trials and tribulations of those items that are deemed newsworthy: killer bees, poisoned watermelons, and the more than occasional murder trial. From the outset, my curiosity was piqued. I couldn’t wait to jump in and look through the blog’s content.
John Harte Photo uses a simple gray background and simple serif-based font that work well together. These are used to equal effect to lend the site an air of authenticity. True, in most cases, the serif-based fonts are a bit tiring on the eyes, but this site uses a larger, easier to read, font size. This choice ameliorates the fatiguing effect that can be easily overlooked by those that are not conscious of the impact of serif based fonts.
As to the site’s content: the site contains a listing that is not in any chronological order; and in most cases, that would irk me–but the lack of chronological order lends the site a feeling of meandering through the memories of a photojournalist whom has seen a lot. Being a photographer, this makes complete sense to me; we see images, and reactions. Often while searching my own memory, I try to find an image associated with the event/memory I wish to recall. Although, this may not make sense to those whom are visually-endowed.
Overall, I would say this is a successful blog. The design choices are simple, and attentive to the needs of the viewer in re: font choice and size, as well as the feed itself. The site contains two pages. A Home page and an About The Project page. There’s even an interactive calendar to search for blog posts–something I found quite useful.